Texting, speeding lead to drug charges against Norwalk man
Published 1:49 pm, Friday, June 30, 2017
WESTPORT — A Norwalk man is facing drug charges after he was pulled over for speeding while allegedly using both hands to text on his cell phone, police said.
Officer Dave Scinto was patrolling Post Road West around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when a speeding gray Nissan Maxima traveling westbound caught his attention.
Police said the vehicle was traveling 46 mph in a clearly marked 25 mph zone when Scinto began his pursuit. After passing the vehicle, Scinto reported that he observed the driver holding his cell phone in both hands above the steering wheel and texting.
After pulling the vehicle over, police identified the driver as 40-year-old Craig Robilotto, of Norwalk.
When asked to provide his driver documentation to police, Robilotto failed to turn over his registration card and, when asked, he refused to open his glove box to look for it.
While speaking with the driver, the officer noted a smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, but Robilotto denied having any pot in his possession.
A subsequent K9 search of the vehicle revealed a steel thermos stuffed with several individually packaged bags of marijuana hidden inside of the glovebox, which Robilotto had refused to open. The five separate baggies of the leafy substance weighed out to a total of 1.2 ounces.
As officers attempted to place Robilotto in handcuffs, he attempted to pull and spin away from the officers. After a brief struggle, however, police said they were able to restrain him.
Robilotto was charged with possession of marijuana, sale of a controlled substance and interfering with an officer. He posted the $5,000 bond, and he is expected in court on July 10.
Robilotto was also cited for traveling unreasonably fast and operating a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.
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